Dani Ben-Ari
Womenwithwheels.com

Nineteen-year-old stockcar racer Hailie Rochelle Deegan is expected to make her NASCAR national series debut driving the No. 17 for DGR-Crosley in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series at Kansas City Speedway on Oct. 17, 2020. She is currently third in the ARC Menards Series championship standings (61 points behind Bret Holmes) with 4 top 5s and 16 top 10s in 19 starts piloting the No. 4 DGR-Crosley Ford

The daughter of motocross and former X games racer Brian Deegan, Hailie began following in her father’s tire tracks at the age of seven, making her racing debut at eight in the off-road series, before graduating to the Lucas Oil Off Rad Racing Series. It was there where she became the first girl to claim a championship, during the 2013 Junior 2 Karts season.

In 2015, Hailie was named the Modified Kart Regional champion, before becoming the national champ the following year, as well as garnering the title of Lucas Oil Off Road driver in 2016.

By 2017, Deegen graduated to Asphalt and became the first female to compete full-time in the NASCAR K & N Pro Series West (as well as part-time in the Pro Series East);as a member of the Bill McAnally Racing team. During her time there she garnered three wins, and became the second female to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race, after Shawna Robinson. She also became the only woman, as well the youngest member, to be named in the NASCAR Next Class if 2017. She joined Toyota’s driver development program and has since moved on to become a development driver for Ford.